Thursday evening at Her Majesty's Treasury in Whitehall saw the official launch of the new MSP book. I and my fellow authors were invited. Here I am with Rod Sowden and Geof Leigh.
Also invited were our mentors, Gerald Bradley of Sigma UK, and Andrew Schuster.
Along with these good folk were gathered many of the review panel who helped us shape the new edition and sharpen our text. There were speeches from John Stewart of OGC, the owners of this Best Practice Method; from Zoe Peden, our Project Manager and Commissioning Editor, representing the published, TSO; and from Richard Pharro, Managing Director of APM Group, the accrediting body.
While mixing with our hosts and guests, it was encouraging to receive feedback about the new edition. Having lived with it so long, one loses all sense of perspective. The consensus seems to be that it adds welcome detail without becoming inflexibly prescriptive. Also, one person observed that it is written in a style that is likely to be accessible to any senior manager.
I don't kid myself for one moment that this tome will become a business best seller, nor that it will be a favourite bedside companion for your average CEO. No, but what I think all of us in this project have achieved is to keep a great programme framework great, and to provide a refreshed, readable resource for business transformation. As such it is set to become a standard reference for those engaging in major change.